Portofino, Italy

A day in Portofino

Our day trip to Portofino was somewhat of a last minute decision. Our intention was to spend 5 days in the Cinque Terre so we could soak up the atmosphere in each town. But the weather didn’t really play along with our plan and we found ourselves trying to cram in as much as we could when it wasn’t raining so we’d have a chance to see each town without rain. The day before we left we had successfully managed to see the 5 towns but the forecast was still set to rain so we decided to hop on a train to try o[...]
Cinque Terre, Italy

4 days in the Cinque Terre

When Rich asked me where I wanted to go for my birthday this year, I didn't even have to think about it. It had to be the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coastline of Italy. The Cinque Terre - or 5 lands - are composed of 5 colourful villages answering the names of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso Al Mare. Millions of visitors flock to this picturesque part of Italy each year, so much so that the government are now looking at ways to control the number of visitors to preserve[...]
Madrid, Spain

Easter weekend in Madrid

This Easter, we decided to go to Madrid for a long weekend. It was our first time visiting the capital and hopefully, it won’t be the last. Where I had found Barcelona stunning but somewhat over-crowded and perhaps more geared towards tourists, I absolutely loved how vibrant and stylish Madrid was and how you weren't constantly surrounded by masses of fellow tourists. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I felt like we had a slightly more authentic experience in Madrid than in Barcelona and I[...]
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Posted In: Countryside | Escapes | Road trips
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Yosemite National Park was jaw-dropping. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person or not, you absolutely must go at some point in your life. We were lucky to go after most of the crowds had left in October. I had read this wasn’t a great month to visit because most of the waterfalls would be dry but I thought that on the contrary, it was a really good time to go. The park was so quiet it sometimes felt like we had it almost to ourselves. We did miss out on some of the waterfalls but there were[...]
San Francisco, USA

San Francisco

When it comes to traveling, I usually try to avoid going back to cities where I have already been. This is mostly because I have so many places in the world where I want to go that I feel I’ll never get to them all if I keep going back to the same places over and over again. But there are a handful of cities that I’d happily make an exception for. San Francisco is one of them. Much like London, I could happily go there several times a month every month or even live there without ever getting tired of it. It’s not just[...]
Northern California, USA

Our Road Trip in Northern California

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed a few weeks ago that I posted some photos of our recent trip to the US. Richard was really keen to explore Yosemite and I really wanted to go back to San Francisco where I had spent a weekend years ago. With this year marking Rich’s 30th birthday, we thought it’d be the perfect reason to hop across the pond and tick another trip off our (rather long) list of bucket list trips. We decided to focus on Northern California because I already knew a lot of Southern Calif[...]
Formentera, Spain

Summer in Formentera, Spain

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
Back in June, I was in desperate need of a holiday. I had just gone through a really busy time at work and all I wanted to do was to just soak up the sunshine and chill at the beach all day, cocktail in hand. Formentera,  the smallest of the Balearic Islands in Spain, came to mind. I had read an article about it in a magazine the previous year and it sounded heavenly: secluded white-sanded beaches that looked like they were straight out of a Caribbean postcard, fantastic food scene with lots of fresh seafood, cool boho be[...]
Porto, Portugal

Birthday weekend in Porto, Portugal

Posted In: City breaks | Escapes
If you’re a long-time reader of the blog then you have probably noticed I very rarely celebrate my birthday in my home country (France) or my adoptive country (England). My plan usually consists in escaping to another country and celebrating there. In the past 4 years, I’ve turned one year older in Spain, the Netherlands, Iceland and this year, Portugal. Our trip to Lisbon last year was a big part of why I decided to go to Porto this year. We had such a fantastic time munching on pasteis de bata, strolling the streets o[...]
Oxford, UK

Easter Weekend in Oxford

Posted In: Countryside | Escapes
A few weeks ago, Richard and I went to Oxford for a long weekend. I had been wanting to go back for years. It’s such a beautiful city; the architecture is gorgeous, the history is incredible and they have the most fantastic museums. I love that there are bicycles everywhere and lots of great cafes, bars and restaurants.   We stayed at the Tower House on Ship Street. From the outside, you probably wouldn’t even know it’s a hotel/guest house. There is no fancy sign or a reception area. The rooms are part of an 8[...]
Suffolk, UK

Valentine’s Weekend at Ickworth House, Suffolk

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January and February are what I would call my hibernation months. You can usually find me either at work or at home, hiding away from the cold. This involves me being all wrapped up under layers and layers of wooly jumpers, patiently waiting for the warmer days to arrive. I did make an exception to my hibernation rule last weekend when Richard surprised me with a weekend getaway to celebrate Valentine’s day. I kept on quizzing him throughout the whole drive and only figured it out when I saw the sign to Ickworth when[...]